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Thousands protest against Iraq occupation in London

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Thousands of anti-war protestors have taken to the streets of London calling for an end to what they denounce as the illegal occupation of Iraq by US troops. The protest aimed to pile yet more pressure on British Prime Minister Tony Blair whose active support for George W Bush has already damaged his popularity.

The brother of Ken Bigley, a British hostage beheaded in Iraq, called for people to join in the march. Organisers included anti-war and anti-nuclear groups, and the Muslim Council of Britain. The protest also marks the end of the European Social Forum during which thousands of representatives from trade unions, environmental and peace organisations and politicians from all over the world gathered in London for a conference against war, racism and corporate power.